It's my lovely wife's birthday next week so time for an update!!
I totally nailed the perfume today with the help of Tinamarie Torres at Neiman Marcus, San Diego. Awesome woman.
What a saga though. I accidentally went to mission valley. I got up early and arrived at 9am. I didn't realise the shops don't open until 10!! Couldn't even get coffee. So I lurked and paced up and down like a caged animal. I hate shopping unless I'm sat at my computer!
Anyway I could not find any of the good places everyone was talking about on the SD perfume link above. Went to one shop and I couldn't even get the guy to smell the bottle. He was just your average box shifter. Didn't care for me and I didn't care for him very much. Found some girls in Mace's and it was then I realised I wasn't in Fashion Valley!! By this time it was 1030!!
So I hit the road but my phone absolutely REFUSED to tell me where I was so I couldn't navigate. I was rubbish. Ended up in a Chevy dealership asking a greasy looking towing dude how to get to fashion valley.
Picture the scene: Dude (me) in truck asks another dude in a bigger truck who delivers trucks where the perfume shops are in fashion valley. We talked about stuff for like 5 minutes. Surreal. Ha ha. Took his gloves off and we shook hands to say good bye. Great guy.
When I finally found the right mall I ended up parked on the roof right next to Neiman Marcus. I found the perfume counter and delivered my now fairly polished introduction. I must have looked and sounded strange... speaking fast and brandishing a ziplock bag full of broken glass.
So anyway I asked if anyone had a great nose for perfume like a wine taster. Enter Tinamarie who looked at me sideways and said slightly hesitantly "I do... sometimes". I handed her the bag and she sniffed and sniffed. It took her 30 seconds and she said I think it is XXXX and took me to another part of the store and gave me a sample to smell.
OMG. I almost meed my pants!! She nailed it. We checked with a couple of other noses in the store and everyone agreed... yes this was indeed the right perfume.
So Basenoters... quiz time! From the website of the perfume in question:
...lush white floral fragrance... Seductive tuberose mingles with jasmine, jonquil, gardenia, Bulgarian rose and orange flower in a profusion of fragile white flowers before revealing a base of sandalwood, vetiver and musk.
What do you reckon?